Pheidole alayoi

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Pheidole alayoi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. alayoi
Binomial name
Pheidole alayoi
Wilson, 2003

Nothing is known about the biology of alayoi.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Cuba (type locality), Greater Antilles.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Castes

Only known from the minor.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • alayoi. Pheidole alayoi Wilson, 2003: 647, figs. (w.) CUBA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

DIAGNOSIS Holotype minor (major unknown): a medium-sized, yellow member of the tristis group, marked by its very long propodeal spines, subangulate humerus, bell-shaped postpetiole, long and dense pilosity, and completely foveolate and opaque dorsal surfaces of the head and mesosoma. Similar to the minor workers of Pheidole cubaensis, Pheidole macromischoides and Pheidole naylae of Cuba and Pheidole androsana of the Bahamas, differing in details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as shown, and by color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.78, SL 0.82, EL 0.12, PW 0.44.

COLOR Minor (major unknown): concolorous medium yellow.


Pheidole alayoi Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Holotype, minor (major unknown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Wilson (2003) - CUBA: La Gran Piedra, col. D. P. Alayo. Museum of Comparative Zoology, courtesy of J. Fontenla.

Etymology

Named in honor of the collector, the Cuban entomologist D. P. Alayo.

References